Karl Beckstrand is the bestselling and award-winning author of 17 multicultural books and more than 40 e-book titles (reviews by Kirkus, School Library Journal, The Horn Book blog, ForeWord Reviews). Raised in San Jose, CA, he has a B.A. in journalism from BYU, an M.A. in international relations from APU, and a broadcast & film certificate from Film A. Academy. Since 2004 he has run Premio Publishing. A college media instructor, Beckstrand contrasts traditional with digital book publishing.
He has presented to Taiwan’s Global Leadership for Youth, city and state governments, festivals, and schools. Beckstrand's nationally lauded Y.A. stories, e-book mysteries, ESL/ELL Spanish/bilingual books, nonfiction, and wordless books feature ethnically diverse characters—and usually end with a twist. His work has appeared in: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Border’s Books, Costco, Deseret Book, iBooks, The Children’s Miracle Network, LDS Film Festival, the U.S. Congressional Record, Papercrafts Magazine, and various broadcasts. FB, Twitter, http://PremioBooks.com, http://KarlBeckstrand.com
Learning Language with the Book of Mormon
Award-winning publisher and ESL instructor shares how the Book of Mormon is an excellent tool for language learning. Many missionaries can attest to the power of the Book of Mormon—not only to change lives, but as a learning tool. After learning Spanish with the Book of Mormon, Karl Beckstrand is now using it to learn German.
Areas of expertise: English, Spanish, and some German, ASL (and HTML:); Publishing; Mass Media instructor; Curriculum Creation; English as a Second Language instructor; Teaching & Learning Activities; Two years living abroad plus travel to four continents and 12 countries; four years’ recruiting in one of the most cosmopolitan areas of the world: Silicon Valley; Humanities; Spanish interpreter; Love of Cultures
- How the Humanities Enrich Us, Save Us & Transmit Values
Bestselling author and college media instructor shares ways to engage learners via the arts.
Where do stories come from? Can you paint, cook, dance, or speak a foreign language? Beckstrand lives to share ideas with educators, organizations, and families on how to engage learners in story, art, and music creation/performance, history, and entertainment. Beckstrand shows how the humanities convey values like courage, generosity, faith, and friendship. His activity suggestions inform and entertain all ages. Participants will gain appreciation for values transmission and be able to implement activities in one-on-one or classroom settings for hands-on engagement. (Can be in Spanish. Can be a panel with notice.)
Areas of expertise: Art, Design & Layout (including Adobe CC); Publishing & Print Production; Mass Media (TV, radio, theater & film); Creativity; Curriculum Creation; Music; History; Spanish, German, ASL & English as a Second Language; History & Cultures; Museums; Chaplaincy; Genealogy; Teaching & Learning Activities